The City of Olathe allocates utility charges based upon accounting principles developed by the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Water (usage) Charges are designed to recover the variable costs of operating a potable* water system based upon how much water a customer uses.
Water Service Charges** are designed to recover fixed costs incurred by the City for operating a potable water system, without regard to quantity of customer use.
The Kansas Water Plan cost is a pass-through fee from the State of Kansas; the state charges for every 1,000 gallons of water used. This fee defrays costs for the state water office and the reservoirs that office maintains.
Sewer (usage) Charges are designed to recover the variable costs for collecting and treating sanitary sewage.
Sewer Service Charges** are designed to recover fixed costs of operating a sanitary sewer system, without regard to quantity of customer use.
Sanitation Charges are designed to recover fixed costs for solid waste residential services including:
- Pickup and disposal of trash
- Pickup of recyclable materials
- Pickup and composting of yard waste materials
- Management of Household Hazardous Waste
- Management of Electronic Waste
Stormwater Fees are designed to recover the fixed costs of designing, building, and maintaining a stormwater system. Services include:
*Potable water is suitable for drinking because it is clean and uncontaminated.
**Water and Sewer Service Charges are applied to all customers. These service charges have been assessed by the City of Olathe for several years.
Accounting for the water, sewer, solid waste and stormwater funds is published in the City of Olathe Budget through Enterprise Funds supported by user fees similar to a private business enterprise. Enterprise funds fully recover their cost through customer fees.